School of Nursing and Health Sciences


Danielle Leone-Sheehan, Ph.D., RN

Academic Title

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Research Interests

  • Watson Caring Science
  • Spiritual Intelligence
  • Spiritual Nursing Care
  • Mindfulness-Based Meditation

Research Summary

I am a registered nurse with 10 years of experience working in adult critical care. I have broad interests in nursing theory-based care, nursing spiritual care, and Watson’s Theory of Human Caring. My dissertation research focused on intensive care unit nurses’ experience of Caritas Process Three of Watson’s Theory of Human Caring. This Caritas Process is described as the cultivation of one’s own spiritual practices and personal self, moving beyond ego-self.


  • Ph.D., Nursing, Boston College
  • MSN, Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Boston College
  • BNS, Nursing, Saint Anselm College

Areas of Expertise

  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Nursing Education
  • NCLEX Prep